1959 LPGA Tour

The 1959 LPGA Tour was the 10th season since the LPGA Tour officially began in 1950. The season ran from January 11 to September 26. The season consisted of 29 official money events. Betsy Rawls won the most tournaments, 10. She also led the money list with earnings of $26,774.

There was only one first-time winner in 1959, Ruth Jessen.

The tournament results and award winners are listed below.

Tournament resultsEdit

The following table shows all the official money events for the 1959 season.[1] "Date" is the ending date of the tournament. The numbers in parentheses after the winners' names are the number of wins they had on the tour up to and including that event. Majors are shown in bold.

Date Tournament Location Winner Score Purse ($) 1st prize ($)
Jan 13 Mayfair Open Florida   Marlene Hagge (16) 225 4,750 831
Jan 18 Tampa Open Florida   Ruth Jessen (1) 301 7,500 1,247
Feb 1 MAGA Pro-Am Florida   Wiffi Smith (4) 220 5,000 697
Feb 15 St. Petersburg Open Florida   Louise Suggs (44) 282 7,500 1,247
Feb 22 Lake Worth Open Florida   Betsy Rawls (29) 285 7,500 1,247
Mar 1 Golden Triangle Festival Florida   Beverly Hanson (13) 146 3,500 475
Mar 8 Jacksonville Open Florida   Mickey Wright (10) 286 5,710 997
Mar 15 Titleholders Championship Georgia   Louise Suggs (45) 297 5,000 1,000
Mar 23 Royal Crown Open Georgia   Betsy Rawls (30) 294 5,747 997
Apr 12 Babe Zaharias Open Texas   Betsy Rawls (31) 215 5,500 997
Apr 19 Dallas Civitan Open Texas   Louise Suggs (46) 287 10,000 1,662
Apr 26 Betsy Rawls Open South Carolina   Wiffi Smith (5) 211 5,629 997
May 3 Land of the Sky Open North Carolina   Betsy Rawls (32) 215 5,000 997
May 10 Howard Johnson Invitational North Carolina   Joyce Ziske (2) 210 5,000 997
May 31 Cavalier Open Virginia   Mickey Wright (11) 207 5,500 997
Jun 7 Triangle Round Robin New Jersey   Betsy Rawls (33) +62 9,000 1,425
Jun 14 American Women's Open Minnesota   Beverly Hanson (14) 297 7,000 1,247
Jun 27 U.S. Women's Open Pennsylvania   Mickey Wright (12) 287 7,200 1,800
Jul 6 LPGA Championship Indiana   Betsy Rawls (34) 288 7,500 1,247
Jul 9 Hoosier Open Indiana   Marlene Hagge (17) 141 4,000 700
Jul 19 Alliance Machine International Open Ohio   Mickey Wright (13) 291 10,000 2,090
Jul 26 Mt. Prospect Open Illinois   Betsy Rawls (35) 291 20,000 6,175
Aug 16 Women's Western Open Washington   Betsy Rawls (36) 293 7,000 1,247
Aug 23 Spokane Open Washington   Beverly Hanson (15) 287 7,500 1,247
Aug 31 Waterloo Open Iowa   Betsy Rawls (37) 282 7,000 1,247
Sep 6 Cosmopolitan Open Illinois   Kathy Cornelius (3) 214 5,700 997
Sep 13 Memphis Open Tennessee   Marilynn Smith (5) 295 7,000 1,250
Sep 20 Links Invitation Open Georgia   Beverly Hanson (16) 289 7,500 1,247
Sep 26 Opie Turner Open Oklahoma   Betsy Rawls (38) 221 7,500 1,247

AwardsEdit

Award Winner Country
Money winner Betsy Rawls (2)   United States
Scoring leader (Vare Trophy) Betsy Rawls   United States

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